A Story About A Gardener and A Ghost

Graphic Novel - 2017
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Blue is having a hard time moving on. He's in love with his best friend. He's also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart's content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means...leaving him.
Publisher: [St. Louis, Missouri] : Roar, 2017.
ISBN: 9781941302460
Branch Call Number: FIC YOUNG
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm


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Souls are going missing, and when Hamal’s favorite ghost disappears, he knows he must figure it out. This is a sweet, quiet, graphic novel. It’s romantic and will fill your heart with happiness. Suggested by Jackie P.

Hamal has always been able to see ghosts, including his pal Blue. When Blue realizes Hamal's power has something to do with the strange occurrences disrupting the dead, he'll do anything to protect him.

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Mar 10, 2019

Story is original and execution is pretty standard. Art is good with minor issues. Nice quick read.

Mar 07, 2019

Such a sweet, beautiful story. I love the care behind this book and look forward to more by this author and artist.

"Bury your gays"? Uh-uh, nope. Resurrect your gays, tell them you love them, and be in a wholesome, gorgeous short story with them!
Cute without being cloying, I can't recommend this one enough.

Nov 23, 2018

This story is very cute. It's fast-paced, sweet, and a little bit creepy. The plot is simple and it doesn't have much to it but, as I said for a previous book, that simplicity leaves a lot of breathing room for the characters' romance. It's not to heavy and not too light, just "in-between" and a nice evening delight. Highly recommend it for those looking for a story to warm their hearts, rather than to get sucked into an in-depth, crazy and full ride :D.

KateHillier Sep 20, 2018

That was really cute. Blue is a ghost who is in love with Hamal, a gardener who can see ghosts. Blue keeps disappearing to a weird forest and that turns out to be not a good thing. While there ate high stakes here the story never loses its feeling of whimsy and cute. Seriously this is just adorable and you need to read it.

KHCPL_Doug Feb 26, 2018

Taproot is a simple but sweet story. The author in her notes said she wanted "brightness, a little creepiness, and a lot of heart." This she does well. The illustrations are wonderful and clear, yet still dense. The characters are all sweet, even the "reaper." It has a little bit of creepy, but it's definitely not spooky or scary. Lots of bugs. And the relationship of Hamal and Blue is easy. Almost too easy. There's no real angst, and my one complaint is that the story could have moved a little slower. We need time to really get to know Hamal and Blue and the other characters. Know their fears, hopes, suffering and triumphs. But this all felt a little easy. Hamal sees ghosts, must help ghost, and is now a ghost hunter. With no real suspense or tension. I get that she wanted a lighthearted and fun story, and it is that. But I want a little more characterization.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

Perfect with a cup of tea! Beautiful colors! Also ghosts.

Feb 02, 2018

In the back of "Taproot" the author and illustrator shares that "she draws and writes the stories she wanted to see more of growing up--stories starring queer characters, brightness, a little creepiness, an a lot of heart." Keezy Young has ably done that and more as her graphic novel also features tender renderings of her characters in a vivd palette that makes the story both a delight to read and to gaze at.

Recommended for teens and young adults who enjoy light love stories, lgbtq characters, and supernatural stories with just a touch of spookiness.

Jan 24, 2018

A fun, light, and heartfelt story with some interesting genre mashing.


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Feb 02, 2018

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